When Should Hits the Fan

When Should Hits the Fan

Ugh. When should I wake up on the weekends? It’s the first Saturday of my summer vacation and I am awake at 5:36 am. Yesterday I woke up early too. We get to come in a little later on teacher workdays. You’d think I would embrace that as a gift from the gods, but not yesterday. […]

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How to Create More Balance in Your Life

Balance was my “one word” last year. As a matter of fact, it is often my word of choice when anyone tells me to think of a word. My mother has been preaching balance to me all of my life, and while I have struggled in and out of it, I do believe that identifying and practicing balance can reap amazing benefits. It is something that I work on everyday. When I find myself getting stuck in a rut, I try to focus on the following solution focused steps to get myself back in the game.

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How to Get Along With People

When it comes to conflict, everyone is different. Some of us try to avoid confrontation at all costs while others passionately attempt to deal with their issues head on. One thing that most of us do have in common, however, is that when tension rises we tend to speak negatively about the other party (either to their face or behind their back). It just happens.

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Just Say “No”

Saying “no” is one of the hardest things that we have to do as adults. Some people have an innate ability to set healthy boundaries and they know when and how to set their limits. However, if you are anything like me, saying “no” can feel like the one of the strongest senses of torture. […]

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Six Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to taking care of ourselves. When life gets busy with work, family, and other responsibilities, we often allow ourselves to forget how important it is to get good rest. After all, as cliche as it sounds, we really can’t take care of others until we are adequately taking care of ourselves. While we may not all be able to devote eight hours to sleep and we may not always have the luxury of being able to sleep through the night without distractions, there are a few simple things that we can do to set us up for the best and most adequate possible rest.

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Talk Amongst Yourself

Did you know that we talk to ourselves all of the time? Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the thoughts that we are telling ourselves throughout the day. The way that we think about ourselves, and the way that our inner voice interacts with us, can really affect the way that we handle things in our day to day life. Once we learn to recognize and combat our negative thoughts, we can start to build a really strong positive dialogue with ourselves that can truly enhance our mood, productivity, and overall sense of well being.

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Managing Your Time With Intention

ometimes I think we can get ourselves so stuck in planning mode that it actually keeps us from using our time productively. I started to wonder, how much time do we spend thinking about what we need to do instead of actually doing it? And how do we fix it?

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Intentional Self-Care

Think about it. We do so many things that are already self-care exercises without even noticing it. Have you taken a shower lately? Yes? Well then you have experienced an opportunity to intentionally practice self-care. Have you taken a walk around your neighborhood? Or just to the mailbox? That could be self-care too. When we intentionally live our lives in a way that embraces and acknowledges our daily natural opportunities to practice self-care, we can start to relax a little.

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Wake up and Make up Your Mornings

If you are anything like me, mornings can be a real struggle. I actually consider myself a morning person because I often wake up in a good mood. However, that does not mean that I am a very productive morning person. Between silencing multiple alarms on my phone and tearing into my closet to find something to wear, my mornings can actually become quite stressful. Stress in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day so I try very hard to do things to ensure that my mornings go off without a hitch. Here are some ideas for how to take charge of your mornings and set a positive vibe for the rest of your workday.

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Let’s Talk Family

ow we handle the problems in our family is often more important than the issues themselves. When family members argue, there is often an attempt to establish blame, bring up past issues, and attempt form alliances within the family. The way we deal with conflict can become habitual and it is important to recognize any unhealthy conflict management strategies within the family and be open to adapting more effective communication strategies. Learning to manage conflicts in a healthy way can actually improve relationships and build trust.

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